Annabel Fenton

Annabel Fenton

Communications Coordinator

Annabel Fenton is a Communications Coordinator in the Knowledge, Impact and Policy Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). She provides communications support and coordination for a portfolio of projects across the Institute, including Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D), the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) and others.

Prior to joining IDS, Annabel worked across a variety of development sectors, from youth advocacy in policy forums with the South African Institute of International Affairs; working as a journalist across South Africa and Zambia; management consulting for South African government departments, private companies and non-profit organisations; to most recently working as the Head of Strategy, Impact and Special Projects at Thanda, a grassroots organisation implementing education and farming projects in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Annabel is an urban geographer with experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in South African cities. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics and Geography from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with distinction in Geography and a Master of Arts (by Research) with distinction in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand.



Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


K4D Learning Products

K4D produces a variety of Learning Products to support and enhance learning and update alongside the Helpdesk Reports. The majority of these are commissioned through Learning Journeys although some are to support individual events such as professional development conferences, or...


K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub

The K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together learning across DFID and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.



Evidence and learning into action: The impact of K4D

Over the past six years, the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme has been providing evidence and learning support to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), other government departments and partners. Since the programme ended in September 2022, there...

30 November 2022


7 principles for doing meaningful research communications

At IDS, we believe that evidence-based research plays a vital role in bringing about a more equitable and sustainable world. And to achieve this, we are committed to communicating research beyond academic audiences and journal articles. However, we are very aware of the responsibility we...

15 February 2022

Annabel Fenton’s recent work


Integrating social science into health and humanitarian responses in 2022

As we entered the third year of the global Covid-19 pandemic, 2022 was set to be another year of discourse about the social and political dimensions of health and humanitarian crises. The research and engagement conducted through the IDS-partnership Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform...

19 December 2022


Discussing how to mainstream water into climate policy this World Water Week

The increased frequency and severity of droughts across Europe, the Arab region, and the Horn of Africa illustrate that climate and water are inextricably linked. This World Water Week, we must consider how to mainstream water into climate policy in the run-up to COP27. To reflect on this...

22 August 2022